Upton House, Newham

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Upton House, West Ham; birthplace of Joseph Lister. Watercolour partly after a photograph, partly after a sketch by Mary Lister, 1920/1940 Upton House, West Ham; birthplace of Joseph Lister. Watercol Wellcome V0018804.jpg
Upton House, West Ham; birthplace of Joseph Lister. Watercolour partly after a photograph, partly after a sketch by Mary Lister, 1920/1940

Upton House was a building in West Ham, Essex (now the London Borough of Newham) on what is now the corner of Lancaster Road and Upton Lane [1] In 1827 it was the birthplace of the surgeon Joseph Lister. In 1893 a temporary church for St Peter's Church, Upton Cross was set up in its gardens, with the house forming the vicarage [2] - the permanent church was later built in the gardens. The vicarage was demolished in 1967-1968 and its site is now occupied by Joseph Lister Court.

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  1. Hidden London - Upton
  2. 'West Ham: Domestic buildings', in A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6, ed. W R Powell (London, 1973), pp. 50-57

Coordinates: 51°32′22″N0°01′24″E / 51.5395°N 0.0232°E / 51.5395; 0.0232